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Kelly's 31 points not enough as Willmar falls to Sartell

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SARTELL -- Willmar's shooting ran cold at the end of their Central Lakes Conference girls basketball game Tuesday with Sartell, ending with a 73-70 loss.

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The Cardinals (11-6, 13-9) were led by Shantel Kelly's 31 points, but Willmar didn't convert on a play with 45 seconds left that would have tied or given Willmar a lead.

"It was high-tempo, fast-paced," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "It was fun to be a part of, but tough to lose. These kinds of games prepare you for section games."

Willmar held a 41-40 lead at halftime and ended up with seven 3-pointers. Sara Kallhoff's second trey at the final buzzer gave the Cardinals 70 points.

Willmar shot 36 percent from the field to 46 percent for Sartell.

"We had shot the ball so well the first three-fourths of the game, but we went cold in that last quarter," Atchison said. "We had good looks, but they weren't going in."

Kelly pulled down nine of the Cardinals' 39 rebounds. Kayli Gimse added 11 points and Carrie Boike had eight boards and five assists.

Five players scored for the Sabres, led by Hailey Guetter with 22 points. Abby Whitney followed with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Guetter pulled down 10 boards.

Sartell 73, Willmar 70

Willmar (11-6, 13-9) 41 -- 70

Sartell (15-2, 20-3) 40 -- 73

WILLMAR - 25-70 FG (7-18 3-pt); 13-20 FT; 39 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Lindsey Atchison 6, Addy Nelsen 2, Shantel Kelly 31, Sara Kallhoff 7, Carrie Boike 7, Megan Skalla 4, Kayli Gimse 11, Laura Swartz 1, Anne Dunham 1 ... 3-point shots: Atchison 2, Kelly 2, Kallhoff 2, Gimse 1 ... Rebound leaders: Kelly 9, Boike 8 ... Assist leaders: Boike 5 ... Steal leaders: Skalla 2, Gimse 2

SARTELL - 25-54 FG (1-5 3-pt); 22-34 FT; 33 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Morgan Haider 13, Hailey Guetter 22, Ashton Haider 6, Alli Rengel 14, Abby Whitney 18 ... 3-point shots: Guetter 1 ... Rebound leaders: Whitney 11, Guetter 10 ... Assist leaders: none ... Steal leaders: none

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